HTC Desire 12s

  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Internal Storage: 32 GB
  • Battery: 3075 mAH
  • Main camera: 13 MP
  • Front camera: 13 MP
  • Display: 6.41 inch
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435.
  • Connectivity: Dual sim, 3G, 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi
  • Colors: Silver. Black.
  • OS: Android 8.1.

HTC Desire 12s

Released in December 2018 and availed in that very month in Taiwan was the HTC Desire 12s. Earlier that year we saw the HTC Desire 12- not 12s which was described as proper budget smartphone. So yes this one is a budget smartphone as well, the ‘s’ probably suggests that it is a better or improved version of the earlier 12, and also with it you would be able to differentiate one from the other. In this article I will talk about the Desire 12s with reference to time spent with it and also a few other reviews online, so my thoughts and other people’s feelings about it are what you will be reading here. But first let us take a look at its main features. This is usually key to look at before you decide to buy or even for some of us, review a smartphone. Without further a due, we shall begin.

Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

GSM, HSPA and LTE network

5.7 inches, 83.8 cm2 (~74.8% screen-to-body ratio)

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio, ~282 ppi density

Android 8.1 (Oreo)

Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435 (28 nm) chipset

Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53

Adreno 505 GPU

micro SD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot

 32 GB, 3 GB RAM

Main camera –13 MP, f/2.0

LED flash, HDR, panorama


Selfie camera- 13 MP, f/2.2

LED flash


Sound- Loudspeaker

3.5mm jack

– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE



USB micro USB 2.0

Sensors – Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass

Battery- Non-removable Li-Ion 3075 mAh battery

That being said, here is the HTC Desire 12s review for you.

Design and build of the Desire 12s

Now if you love this brand, or if you keenly follow it you will be welcomed by a true HTC design, build and looks. Truly one will very easily tell a when it is HTC. And the same is true for other brands as well, there is that something that will make know what brand a phone is. Here I am talking about a grooved half and smooth other on the back as we have seen HTC do before. The back is not made of glass by bicarbonate plastic material that is a little of a fingerprint scanner- that means finger smudges will always show. We also see that camera on the back and it is oddly positioned as you will see.

It isn’t in any symmetrical arrangement with that fingerprint scanner that sits below it. On the Desire 12 there was no scanner so I report that this is the first improvement we have here. Bezels on the front make me wonder why in the heavens HTC included such thick bezels in December 2018. Being a budget smartphone isn’t excuse enough. Anyway that bottom bezel is neat with no nothings on it while the top one houses the selfie shooter, speaker and sensors. Volume and power buttons have been maintained in the right hand side. Oh and also to mention is that HTC branding is on the grooved part of the back panel. I think it is a good looking smartphone and weighs a very manageable 150 grams.


It checks a few boxes here with 5.7 inches panel being the first. With that size I think it a proper display for watching videos, playing games and surfing the web. It is an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors and 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio, ~282 ppi density. To be honest outdoor visibility here is not the best in the world but it is okay. Some of the other boxes it marks are its 83.8 cm2 and ~74.8% screen-to-body ratio.


There is a main camera here and it is a13 MP, f/2.0 lens. It is fairly impressive and works best in good lighting, say when you are taking snaps outside you will really get some good images. And it is good for taking some quick ones too. It has an LED flash and HDR, panorama are some of the features it boasts and 1080p@30fps marks its video recording ability.

Then there is the Selfie camera, a 13 MP, f/2.2 shooter that to me is almost a great performer. Selfies looks great with it and it is was a good gesture throwing in an LED flash. 1080p@30fps videos will be the maximum ability of shoots with it.


It runs android 8.1 (Oreo) straight out of its box with very little promise of an upgrade, Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435 (28 nm) chipset, an Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and Adreno 505 GPU ensure the operations of this one. These are mid-range stats that are fairly and slightly above the standard mid-range bench mark so there is a lot to thank HTC for with these.


A micro SD of up to 512 GB can be used to expand its 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM, internal memory. Yes so those are two options for you to juggle. And definitely more memory and storage means more currency. I however recommend the 64GB with 4GB RAM version.


Under performance I include battery. Here we get a non-removable Li-Ion 3075 mAh battery. It should last you up to a whole day of usage, that’s 6-7 hours on on-screen time.


Pros Cons
Good design language

Good selfie camera

Good battery

Large display

Debate on outdoor display visibility


It is a wrap here. Buy HTC Desire 12s in black, silver or red at Phone Place Kenya.


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